IPEC Europe, Brussels


Fixed Workspots: 6


Pharmaceutical Manufacturing


Welcoming environment that inspires the team to be productive and connected


Size: 134 m²

Year: 2019

Location: Brussels

Relocation and office redesign for IPEC by Space Refinery

Regardless of the space limitations and precise requirements, thanks to creativity and ingenuity, we helped IPEC Europe build a timeless and elegant workspace that ticks all the boxes.

Top 3 priorities

  • Comfortable spaces to work
  • Multifunctional spaces that can host different activities
  • Reflecting the brand mission and vision

Look & feel

Inspiring and welcoming

Special touches

  • Custom angled wooden partitions
  • Clocks that show different global times
  • Dedicated standing desks
  • Alexa-powered sound system in the bathroom
  • Custom millwork at the entry area
  • Branded custom privacy stickers

Tailored areas

  • Flexible boardroom for workshops
  • Open kitchen and café area

The International Pharmaceutical Excipients Council (IPEC) for Europe has one clear mission: quality excipients for medicines. They develop and promote guidelines to create the appropriate quality and functionality standards to improve patient safety.

We're so happy to work in this wonderful office! We feel good here, it’s so much better than our previous space. It’s a pleasure to come everyday.

Carole, Managing Director

The Context

IPEC Europe’s new space was practically empty and lifeless. One wall separated a meeting room and a tiny, enclosed kitchen. They were eager to change that empty box and create spaces for different activities. The new office also had to reflect the new branding of the company.

Their list of requirements was clear:

  • A board room for 16 people
  • A private office for the Managing Director
  • A small room for calls and collaborative work
  • A nice kitchen
  • An entry lounge

All of that in only 140m2!

IPEC Europe's new office with cozy and modern design
Biophilic design, focus on productivity and collaboration by Space Refinery

The Outcome

We let natural light flow throughout the space by integrating glass and see-through partitions. The wood and the plants help make the team feel at home by creating a peaceful and warm working environment.

The existing kitchen underwent a significant transformation as we opened the space and redesigned the room into a kitchen and a café.

Since the Managing Director wanted an informal space inside her office for impromptu meetings with her team, we created a space with comfy lounge furniture decorated with artwork and plants. The wall’s accent color is brand inspired and was specifically chosen for its positive effect.

Seating bench integrated with the wooden trellis
View of the hallway with a wooden storage cabinet on one side and glass meeting rooms on the other side
Meeting room with glass walls and lively green wall
Trellis separating workstations from the hallway providing privacy while maintaining visual connection
Cosy lounge space with a feature wall and some fresh plants for informal meetings
Warm wooden trellis separating different zones in the office
Cafeteria with a lively green feature wall
Bright white kitchen with some lively plants
View of the meeting rooms with flexible meeting tables
Large meeting room with flexible furniture layout
Simple wall with clocks in different colours bring a fun aspect to the space
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Meet the team

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